Ride and Stride 2019 Saturday 14th September, 10am to 6pm

We are looking forward to another record breaking year with Ride and Stride where Ride and Stride is the main fund raising event for the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust (NHCT). Participants are sponsored to cycle or walk between as many churches and chapels as they choose, while the sponsorship money goes to help with the preservation of the great inheritance of the churches.

Last year 570 took part with 3480 visits to churches, including many family groups.  They were pleased to find cakes and drinks in the churches they visited; indeed, refreshments are an incentive for riders and striders of all ages, and are much appreciated.  Last year’s event raised a staggering £38,000!

Where does the money go?

The NHCT keeps its admin costs to a minimum; all the work is undertaken by volunteers.  Half the money raised by individual churches is returned to the church raising the money and
all the money retained goes towards grants for the care of churches in Northamptonshire.  In recent years, the NHCT has made total grants to Northamptonshire churches of the order of £50,000 a year.  This has really helped churches to make significant improvements to the fabric of their buildings, many of which are supported by small, but loyal, congregations.  In addition to repairs to the churches and their monuments and stained glass and roof alarms to help stop lead theft, the Trust has also helped with making the best use of churches for today’s needs with installation of heating, lighting and facilities.

How can you help?

This year there are 337 churches open across the county, most with refreshments and a warm welcome.  If you would like more information do look for the poster around your local church or look on the website.  Just a short ride around churches in your area on Saturday 14th September and a few sponsors and you could really help to preserve our wonderful churches.

Sponsorship forms and a list of open churches and chapels are available from your local organiser or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust

Registered Charity No 1021632


 Ride and Stride 2019